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ERIC Number: EJ872486
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 8
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0013-175X
The New Bibliophobes
Bauerlein, Mark
Educational Horizons, v88 n2 p84-91 Win 2010
English teachers have always had a hard time getting kids to read books, but in recent years the problem has spread and taken new directions. The rejection of books by teens and young adults has become a common feature. One by one, recent studies and surveys have charted the decline. With the advent of the Digital Age, teens have more diversions at hand than they did before. A "USA Today" blog on "Generation Next" states that today's young people don't suffer from illiteracy; they just suffer from e-literacy. E-literacy is the new virtue, the intellectual feat of the rising generation. E-literacy derives not from bibliophobia, but from the miraculous and evolving advent of digital technology, the Information Age, and the Electronic Word. The more young adults master the practices of digital life, the better they succeed. However, if the young have acquired so much digital proficiency, and if digital technology exercises their intellectual faculties so well, then why haven't knowledge and skill levels risen accordingly? Digital habits have mushroomed, and kids read and write more words than ever before, but reading scores for high school seniors have been flat since the 1970s and down since the early 1990s. The author argues that, until there is an evidence from colleges and workplaces that digital habits do, in fact, yield better academic and job performance, let people hold off on proclaiming the allure of the screen and the end of the book.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers
Education Level: High Schools
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: National Assessment of Educational Progress; National Survey of Student Engagement